The Future Is Now

SEMA News—December 2018


By Juan Torres

The Future is Now

As the automotive specialty-equipment market continues to grow, so does the need to identify the next generation of industry leaders and innovators. Through the years, the association has helped foster this new generation with programs such as the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund, Career Day and Launch Pad. However, as reported by the publications below, several other programs and opportunities are available for young individuals who are passionate about the automotive aftermarket and want to break into the industry.

Impact Magazine

ImpactEvery year, California State University–San Bernardino works with SEMA Show exhibitors to introduce students to the $43 billion automotive specialty-equipment industry. Students sign up to assist participating companies during the exclusive trade show.

Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa FeIn collaboration with SEMA and several aftermarket companies, students at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Early College Opportunities Auto Tech School built a ’15 Jeep Wrangler that sold for $53,500 at auction. The funds were used on another project to educate students about careers in the automotive industry.

WLUK Fox 11 News

Fox 11Students at Freedom High School in Wisconsin built a ’85 Toyota 4Runner with the support of companies such as Sherwin-Williams. The 4Runner, which was displayed at the SEMA Show, was sold to benefit the school’s automotive program.

Heard in Social Media

“The automotive aftermarket is growing, and there’s a never-ending need for qualified employees.”BodyShop Business,
via Facebook

“The SEMA Show Student Career Day is a great opportunity for the younger car enthusiast to create a career path.”—Street Muscle Mag, via Twitter

“We’re proud to be a part of the 2018 SEMA Show Student Career Day! We hope to show the students that you don’t have to turn wrenches to have a great career in the automotive industry.”Steele Rubber, via Twitter

“Going to SEMA? Be sure to stop by our table at Student Career Day for more information on our Auto Glass
Academy.”—Equalizer Auto Glass Tools, via Facebook


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